After being given a couple of tickets for The Des Moines Riot’s gig at Henry’s Cellar Bar on Friday night, we decided to make a weekend of it. Usual chaos with the trains – 4.19p.m non-existant, so we’re told to get on 3-coach train that pulled in at 4.37p.m. Told to get off at Newcastle and go across the bridge to platform 4 to get the train to Edinburgh, although the ticket inspector had informed us to stay onboard. So we starts walking across the bridge and realise we’d actually pulled in to platform 4. Back onto the train, and they then say we’ll depart at 5.30p.m, only to find a little after 5 we leave.
Ah well, got there in the end! The gig was excellent, and nice to meet the guys from the band. Check out the Unsigned Rock Podcast #16 for 5 tracks from their 9-track set!
I also met up with Ewan Spence from TPN Rock, an excellent podcast that’s been going on for well over a year. We had a lot of stuff to talk about, and he was very supportive of my podcast. Put some ideas my way which could be very interesting, so watch this space. But, most importantly, he took me off to get a deep-fried Mars Bar which was actually pretty good – that’s Ewan on the right in the photo above waiting for my reaction after taking a bite!
On Saturday, we met up with Wulf, an old work colleague who originally hired me to work on the SuSE Linux support team. He’s living just outside Edinburgh now and turned out to be a really good day – lunch, coffees, a hike up Carlton Hill and the tower, followed by ice-cream in the park and watching some of the football!
Sunday started out a bit wet. but after drying off the sun came out and we took an open-top tour bus around the city for an hour or so which was really nice. It’s the kind of thing worth doing at the start of your weekend as you get a 24-hour ticket which lets you basically use the tour buses to travel around from attraction to attraction and gives some good discounts too.
Got a decent number of photos in the image gallery if anyone gets bored!
But, off to Ireland on Thursday for a 6 day tour with Paddywagon Tours which should be really good!